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Saratoga Gap - August 18, 2009

Distance: 19.57 miles Ascent: 3386 feet Moving time: 2:30 hours

The Tuesday night group ride was at Saratoga Gap this week, so I tried a bit of a pre-ride before joining them. I parked at the base of Redwood Gulch and rode up to the top and then rode up Highway 9 to join the group at the Saratoga Gap parking lot. This route dispenses with any sort of a warm-up by starting up a climb on Redwood Gulch that exceeds a 20% grade in several places. I was more than warm by the time I got to Highway 9, which seemed much easier in comparison. I made good time on both, including a new personal best on climbing rate on Redwood Gulch.

The ride on Saratoga Gap and Long Ridge was nice, as usual. The view of the fog rolling in as the sun was heading down was great. We rode down Long Ridge to Peters Creek, where we decided to turn around since it is starting to get dark earlier. Half of the group returned to the Gap parking lot while the others went back various other ways. The ride had a great ending as we all gather at Jake's for an apres ride meal.

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